Grants and Funding Opportunities
The Faculty Grants Program (FGP), formerly Northern Arizona University's Intramural Grants Program, seeks to support the research, creative endeavors, and other scholarly activity of the University faculty. In particular, the FGP supports activity that originates from the faculty member's own professional goals and interests within their discipline, department or college mission, and priorities.
The FGP serves as a catalyst for obtaining extramural support and seeks to support:
- new faculty
- faculty doing work in disciplines where extramural support is not regularly available
- established faculty who are changing the scope or direction of their work
The FGP does not fund:
- graduate student assistantships
- student research projects, theses, or dissertations
- faculty dissertation work
Note: Requests to support activities that will take place during sabbatical leave, or that will take place the summer before or after a sabbatical leave, are discouraged.
Important Changes to the FY2014 Faculty Grants Program
- FGP applications can request up to $15,000
- Application Window: FGP Applications will be accepted November 1 through 5:00PM Tuesday, November 13, 2012.
- Scholarly and Creative proposal narratives now follow a format that reflects the nature of these types of projects.
- Up to $7,500 or the cost equivalent of 1.5 summer months' effort (whichever is less), may be included in the FGP budget for each faculty member.
If an application includes summer salary for the PI and a Co-investigator, up to $15K can be requested for summer salary. However, the amount of summer salary support requested for any faculty member cannot exceed 1.5 months' effort and must reflect the actual amount of effort necessary to carry out the project.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide detailed justifications for all summer salary requests.
All inquiries, questions or comments regarding the Faculty Grants Program should be directed to Catherine Propper, Director for Research Capacity Development, Office of the Vice President for Research, 928.523.1374 (or via e-mail, Catherine.email@example.com)
View the the list of FY2013 FGP awardees.
Learn how to prepare and format your FGP application, and how to submit it online.
Learn about the FGP review process and specific review criteria.
Apply for the Faculty Grants Program.
For assistance, please contact Stacy Wyman, SBS Grants & Contract Administrator, at x39231 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
SBS Grants Corner
Stacy has several free copies of the following reference materials in Castro #201. Both books are designed to facilitate the grant and research processes for postdoctoral professors who are fairly new to these areas:
The information is very helpful regardless of your specific SBS discipline. Well worth reading!
- Training Scientists To Make the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Developing Programs in Scientific Management; and
- Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty.
Research Incentive Program
What is the Purpose?
The purpose of the SBS Research Incentive Program is to provide resources that will support the efforts of tenured or tenure-track SBS faculty in competing for extramural funding for research and scholarly work. Funds for the program are provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research and by the SBS Dean’s Office.
Who is eligible?
Full-time, tenured or tenure-track SBS faculty who have not been consistently successful in securing or sustaining extramural funding are eligible to apply.
What are the benefits?
Recipients receive a one course release during the Spring semester following notification of the award and a $5,000 stipend during the following summer.
What are the program requirements?
- Recipients must commit to submitting a grant application to an external funding agency within 12 months of receiving the award. In order to fulfill this requirement, the application must:
- Be submitted through an open process for proposal submission, unless the PI has a letter of invitation to submit a proposal to an “invitation only” competition
- Request at least $30,000 in direct costs
- Include full indirect cost recovery (unless the sponsor’s published policy restricts recovery of overhead)
- Propose research, scholarship or public service (curriculum development or professional development grants are not eligible)
- Follow university procedures for processing extramural funding requests through the PI’s department, Dean’s Office and the Office of Grant and Contract Services
- Recipients are required to participate in a series of working sessions with OGCS staff during the Spring term as preparation for developing a grant proposal during the summer.
- Recipients are expected not to teach during the summer session when the work under this award would be completed.
What is the application process?
There is a two-stage application process:
- Candidates’ applications must be submitted by 8:00 a.m. Monday, September 24. Candidates should submit a 2-page, single-spaced application which provides the following information:
Chairs/Directors nominations must be submitted by 8:00 a.m. Monday, October 1. A nomination letter should summarize the candidate’s program of research and/or scholarly work as well as their extramural grant seeking history. The nomination letter should demonstrate support for the release time, and how that and the summer stipend would help the candidate prepare and submit a competitive application for external funding.
- Description of the research or scholarly project that will be proposed, including the name(s) and roles (on the project) of co-investigators, if applicable.
- Identify the sponsor to which the grant will be submitted, including the specific sponsor program under which the grant application will be reviewed (e.g., NSF REU). When is the grant application due? Demonstrate how the proposed project is responsive to sponsor’s funding goals.
- Estimated budget that will be requested, broken down by direct costs and indirect costs
- 2-page CV in addition to the proposal
Applications and nomination letters must be submitted electronically in PDF format to email@example.com. In order to be reviewed, both applications and nomination letters must be received (i.e., time-stamped by the e-mail system) by the deadlines indicated above.
SBS faculty interested in the Research Incentive Program should notify their Chair/Director as soon as possible. Candidates are encouraged to work with their Chair/Director to develop applications and nomination letters that tell the whole story!
Recipients will be selected based on:
- Responsiveness to the application and nomination requirements
- Project fit with program guidelines
- Viability of the project to obtain extramural support
- Potential benefits to the faculty member, the department and the PI (including how well the proposed work fits in with the PI’s research/scholarly agenda
- Preference will be given to*:
- Applicants that have not previously received a Research Incentive Award
- Applications that propose collaborative and/or interdisciplinary activities (because such grants are often more competitive than those involving a single investigator or discipline)**
- Applications that propose full indirect cost recovery (because such grants will assist in sustaining the SBS Research Incentive Program)
Applications will be reviewed by a college-wide committee, by the VPR office, and by the Dean’s Office, and successful applicants notified by Monday, November 5.
For more information on SBS grants, contact Stacy.Wyman@nau.edu
*Preference means that, all other things being equal, if two applications are identical in quality but there is only one award available, preference will be given to the one that meets one of the listed criteria.
**Only one course buy-out award will be made for each proposed grant application although the stipend may be split among contributing SBS faculty.
T(RIF) Pilot Grants Program (PGP)
Northern Arizona University employees who are eligible to serve as principal investigators/project directors on extramural grants are eligible to apply for PGP grants.
Application deadline dates
Letters of Intent will be accepted beginning December 15, 2012 and will be accepted through November 30, 2013.
Full proposals will be accepted beginning February 1, 2013 and will be accepted through December 1, 2013.
To support research and related activities that will position NAU researchers to subsequently compete successfully for major ($100K+ per year) extramural research grants.
- To support the generation of preliminary data that can be used to develop competitive research proposals, especially to the NIH
- To support planning activities that help to build and solidify interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations for sponsored research opportunities
Call for proposals
Two types of proposals are being solicited: Planning Grants and Preliminary Studies Grants.
1. Planning grants - $25,000
Planning grants are up to 6 months in duration in amounts up to $25,000. The primary focus of planning grants is on preparatory work for interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations.Examples of planning grant funding uses include:
- Secondary Analysis Of Existing Data From An Interdisciplinary Perspective To Generate Study Hypotheses;
- Preparation Of Joint Publications From An Interdisciplinary Team To Strengthen Their Competitiveness For NIH Funding; or
- Support For The Logistics Of Preparing A Center Grant Or Program Project Application Including Convening A Pre-Proposal Advisory Board
A planning grant must lead directly to:
2. Preliminary Studies Grant - $100,000.00
- the Submission Of One Or More Extramural Funding Applications** (On Which NAU Is The Prime Applicant) Each Requesting $100,000 Or More In Total Direct Costs And Full Indirect Recovery; or
- The Submission of a Preliminary Studies Grant Application
Preliminary Studies Preliminary studies grants can be up to one year in duration, up to $100,000 may be requested and must focus specifically on activities such as:
- Conducting Preliminary Research to Inform Study Design;
- Demonstrating Feasibility of Research Protocols;
- Pilot Testing Novel Methodologies; or,
- Initiating and Establishing New Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations.
Examples of preliminary study grant funding activities:
- PROOF OF PRINCIPLE/CONCEPT STUDIES FOR NEW METHODOLOGIES
- FEASIBILITY STUDIES
- MEASUREMENT VALIDATION STUDIES
- PILOT INTERVENTION STUDIES TO INFORM SAMPLE SIZE AND POWER ESTIMATION
- DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES THAT ADDRESS A SOCIETAL NEED
- NEW METHODS FOR STRUCTURING OR ANALYZING DATA SETS
A preliminary studies grant must lead directly to the submission of one or more extramural funding applications on which NAU is the prime applicant each requesting $500,000 or more in total direct costs. Full indirect recovery is required.
Letters of Intent (LOIs):
Letters of Intent can be up to 3 pages (12 point type and 1 inch margins) and should provide the following information:
- Names and unit affiliations of PI, CoPIs, and any other key personnel (including those from other institutions, if applicable).
- Type of grant (i.e., Planning or Preliminary Studies)
- Working title or broad area of investigation
- 5 key words
- Brief description of the proposal, including intellectual merit and broader impacts
- Letters of intent must include information on the specific extramural funding application that will be submitted as a "deliverable" of a Planning or Pilot Studies grant. Such extramural funding applications can be in response to a specific program announcement/RFP or they can be "unsolicited" applications to agencies provided the PI has demonstrated that the agency will be receptive to the application.
- Letters of intent will be reviewed on a monthly basis as follows:
- For Planning Grants: LOIs received by 5:00pm on the 15th of each month will be reviewed that month. By the end of the same month, applicants will be notified as to whether or not s/he is invited to submit a full proposal. For example, LOIs received by December 15 will be reviewed by December 31.
- For Pilot Studies: LOIs received by 5:00pm on the 30th of each month will be reviewed the next month. By the 15th of that next month, the applicant will be notified as to whether or not s/he is invited to submit a full proposal. For example, LOIs received by December 30 will be reviewed by January 15.
- Full Proposals: Full proposals will be accepted on a bi-monthly basis--on the first of the month as follows:
- February 1 2013, April 1, June 1, August 1, October 1 and December 1, 2013.
All application materials must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of Viable External Funding
National Science Foundation
- NSF12-522 Decadal and Regional Climate Prediction Using Earth System Models (EaSM)
Awards are expected to be in the range of $3M, $4M and $5M for 3-year, 4-year and 5-year projects, respectively.
- NSF12-570 Geography and Spatial Sciences Program (GSS) CAREER, regular research proposals and RCN proposals)
- NSF11-690 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
Minimum CAREER award size is $400,000 - $500,000
Department of Health and Human Services
Investigator-initiated R01 (PA-11-260) and R21 applications requesting at least $750,000 and $275,000 in Total Direct Costs, respectively
If you have any questions regarding this program, please
SBS Grants & Contract Administrator
Scholarship and Creative Activity (SCA) Grants
Application Window: February 1 through March 1
The purpose of this program is to make targeted investments in university faculty scholars and artists in order to help raise NAU’s profile in these disciplines nationally and internationally.
SCA grants are intended to support the work of faculty in areas in which extramural grant funding is generally unavailable (e.g., humanities, arts, business, education). These grants will provide summer salary or funding for activities occurring during the academic year (e.g., travel, gathering of archive resources, interviewing, and creative production activity).
Tenured and tenure-track faculty may apply for SCA grants.
- Faculty can request up to $6,000 under the SCA program.
- Awards may not be used for equipment purchases such as a computer, tablet, or other general purpose electronic devices.
- Awards may not be used for faculty buyout of teaching.
- If the SCA award is used as summer salary, no other work may be carried out during the time of the buyout (at least one month’s time).
Special note! A second year of SCA funding may be awarded if the original award generates one of the following three outcomes:
- A grant proposal for external funding for at least $30,000 direct costs;
- A signed book contract with a well-respected publisher; or,
- Documentation of an out-of-state exhibit or creative activity of strong merit.
SCA proposals will be accepted between February 1 and March 1. A link to the on-line application system will go live on January 1 at:
The SCA application will include:
- Face page
- Abstract (summarizing the elements of the Narrative listed below)
- Narrative (3 page limit)
- Budget and Budget Justification
- Bibliography (using a format that is standard for publishing in the respective field)
SCA Application Narrative
In no more than 3 pages describe:
- Contribution: Provide background on the significance and value of the project to the specific area of scholarship or artistic expression. What is the value of the project within your scholarly/artistic area and how will bring new ideas into your field?
- Methods and Work plan: How will you carry out your scholarly/creative endeavor; how will the project be organized? What is your work plan outlining the time course of the project? Please describe any technologies that will be used in making the project successful. Please describe where the work will be conducted, any materials used, and explain how you will obtain access to relevant materials.
- Competencies, Skills and Access: Describe how your skills can be applied to the project and explain how this project will broaden your scholarly or creative reputation at NAU.
- Final Product and Dissemination: What is your intended result and who is your audience? Please explain how these results will be disseminated to this audience and beyond (if relevant).
If you have any questions regarding the SCA program, please contact:
Grants & Contract Administrator, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Office of the Vice President for Research
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